Monthly Archives: August 2015

Katrina Remembrance Presentation

I will make a presentation at the 10th Annual New Orleans Commemorative Event—Katrina Artistically Revisited. This event is at The Theatres at Canal Place. My talk is scheduled from 3:30-4:00 with questions. It will include a description of my very recently published book, The Bipolar Millionaire. The book was ten years in the making and coincided with the 10-year remembrance. I will also tell my Katrina story, one of approximately 1,200,000 including the metro area and the coastal areas.

The book talk will anticipate questions, especially about the Operation. In preparing this portion of the speech, I will point out the government secret program at Tuskegee Institute which went on for a long period of time (1932-1972, forty years). In that program poor African Americans were not treated with available medications for syphilis and 399 died without the proper treatment. It was a moral outrage.

The Operation in my book was and is secret, but was benevolent in nature. It was long lasting from 1998 till the present. While at times it was tough in the short term, it benefited me in the long term with strong resilience. The major accomplishments from 1998 to the present were to cure me of bipolar disorder, guide me spiritually down to my own deeply held beliefs and to make me a force in the Republican Party.

Thank you, all involved with the Operation.

Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is a WINNER

Yes, Scott Walker has won three gubernatorial elections at higher margins each time. Wisconsin is a blue state won by President Obama in 2008 and 2012. Nevertheless, one of the governor’s wins was a first in U.S. history—a victory in a recall election, at a higher margin of victory than his original race.

No doubt about it, Governor Scott Walker is a winner with proven courage, leadership and innovation. Republicans have a deep bench of candidates, any of whom could be competent presidents in ordinary times. But now we direly need courage, leadership and innovation such as Governor Walker and President Reagan have shown. Can Governor Walker do it on the national level? No one knows for sure, but among all the candidates, he is the only one who has proven credentials in these three vital qualities.

Read my review of his book Unintimidated. Governor Walker faced death threats to him, his family and fellow Republican legislators and their families when fighting the unions. He innovated when abolishing collective bargaining except for pay for fire and police. A fellow Republican told him very directly, “Governor, you can’t do this”, but they did it; they turned a $3.6 billion deficit into a surplus, allowed all schools to become charter schools, in short allowed the government to operate like a business, not a union shop that prizes their union dues over students, teachers and fiscal soundness.

Get the whole story. By the way, the unemployment rate in Wisconsin is now down to 4.6 and taxes have been lowered whereas they had previously been chronically raised.

Let’s elect a winner in 2016—Scott Walker!

Another Precious Life Lost

As reported in the New Orleans Advocate, a 24 year old Harahan man, “…whose behavior was consistent with bipolar disorder and paranoid schizophrenia…” was released from a mental facility and committed suicide. His father rightly thought he was not ready cope with his life.

I have bipolar disorder and am quite healthy, perhaps a beacon for those who are struggling with the disorder. I have had suicidal thoughts three times in my life.   Suicidal thoughts are usually—as they were with me—accompanied by a deep sense of sadness, depression and lack of hope. A person with such thoughts can be violent to others, but the statistics show by far that these troubled souls are a much greater danger to themselves than to others.

We can and do build all sorts of prisons. Why can’t we build and maintain adequate mental facilities to avoid these deaths, deaths that are far too often young people who are inwardly crying out for help, purpose and meaning in their life? It is not only in the psychiatrist, psychologist or other therapist offices that we can prevent these suicides and violent acts. We need a long-term program in loving spiritual entities, schools which teach wisdom values, families with those same values and kindness from people to people everywhere. The good news is that medical science is learning more and more about the brain, psychiatry, and psychology and how the mind, body and what I call a “little piece of God” works.

Say a prayer for Matthew Milam and one for others who are at risk in the future.

Launch of The Bipolar Millionaire At Garden District Book Shop

Launch of The Bipolar Millionaire

At

Garden District Book Shop

Cradled in the Rink and the Garden District

Presentation

By

The book’s author, John E. Wade II

 

As a CPA for 29 years, I didn’t get many opportunities for speeches or presentations. Actually I don’t remember any. So I did a speech for the Republican Women of Uptown as I endorsed and explained my support for Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin for president.

I had practiced that speech and it came off well, yet I was very nervous. So for the book speech I was fortunate to find a wonderful speech teacher/singer/actress who really helped me a lot. But I will take some of the credit—I practiced a lot, the well-known “secret” of good speeches.

The subject matter, my memoir, literally my life, made the event very important to me. I described the book by explaining each part of the title.

I noted the decades of travails and healing of my bipolar disorder, internalized stigma, and informed kindness. I explained that the suicide attempts, completed suicides and patients harmed by others far outnumber those mentally ill individuals who harm others, although this is what the news chooses to highlight.

I described the wealth in my family, tightly held by my father until his death. I told of my becoming a multimillionaire from inheritances from my mother and father, but mostly from my father who was on the Aflac board of directors from 1963 till 1975 and who accumulated his stock up until his death in 2002. At first I increased my net worth by good investing with the able help of my friend and full service broker. Then the calling of writing, producing television toward heaven on earth and other non-investment type ventures lowered my net worth—but I didn’t commit one of Gandhi’s deadly sins: wealth without work. And while I have a lower net worth than my inheritance, I still am a multimillionaire with no debt.

The Operation is difficult to describe due to its enormity and length of time—late 1998 till the present. The huge goals are the thing that make it somewhat comprehensible; to help cure my bipolar disorder, to guide me spiritually, and to make me a force in the Republican Party. Decades ago, a very credible gentleman told me of programs like this—when a program would find an absolutely incurable alcoholic and no matter how long it took or whatever it took, they would cure the person of that affliction. The person would have to have money. I was not told why, but you can see from above why this was necessary. If the Operation was going to extreme lengths over long periods of time, they wanted the subject of the Operation to be able to “pay back” their work voluntarily, yet fruitfully and substantially.

The methodology of the Operation was transactional analysis. We are each born with a mind, body and what I call a “little piece of God.” Freudian psychologists thought the first five years of a person’s life determined the rest of it. Modern psychologists and psychiatrists don’t agree. Things like marriages, job losses, awards, deaths, many things can have an effect in some manner. The Operation has—since late 1998—been sending me all sorts of “impressions,” thousands and thousands and thousands of them—and it has accomplished those three goals that I mentioned previously.

The Operation wasn’t entirely easy with me—at times it was and at times it wasn’t—but it created resilience. All and all, I now consider the Operation to have been a benevolent force.

I feel that in my 69 unusual years I have refused to be a victim. Not just the Operation, but my bipolar disorder, handling of my career and wealth, marriages and divorces, academic life—all my life—has earned me a meaningful degree of wisdom. Thank you, Dear God.